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What is Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC)?

After exercise, your metabolism will stay higher for a period of time. This is known as EPOC (pronounced e-pock). Even though the activity has been completed, the body still needs to utilize more oxygen in order to refuel energy supplies and cool the body back down.

This is great news for individuals interested in losing weight – in addition to burning calories while you are exercising, you continue to burn more calories afterwards as well!

The higher the intensity of the exercise session, the larger the EPOC.

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